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Greg McPherson

Greg McPherson

Supervisory Research Forester
1731 Research Park
Davis, CA 95618
Phone: 530-759-1723
Fax: 530-756-1409


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Dr. Greg McPherson is a Research Forester with the USDA Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station located in Davis, CA, Greg grew up under a canopy of American elm trees in Howell, Michigan. Despite attempts to save the trees, all were lost to Dutch elm disease, and having felt the sting of that loss he became a green accountant, developing new methods and tools for quantifying the value of nature's benefits from city trees. He works with a team of scientists to measure and model effects of trees on energy use, urban heat islands, air pollutant uptake, carbon sequestration, and rainfall interception. Their research is helping justify investments in urban forest planning and management. In 2000 Greg received the International Society of Arboriculture's L.C. Chadwick Award for Research. Greg Chairs the Tree Growth and Longevity Working Group and serves on the California Urban Forest Council's Policy Advisory Committee. He attended University of Michigan (BGS), Utah State University (Masters in Landscape Architecture), and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Ph.D. Forestry).

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Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


PSW-2010-004
Community Tree Guides Help Managers Show that Trees Pay Us Back

The 16th and final Community Tree Guide was published for Central Florida based on research conducted in Orlando. Providing complete coverage of ...

2010


PSW-2012-20
New Model Predicts Urban Tree Growth

New study developed growth equations for urban tree species throughout the United States

2012


PSW-2011-15
One Million Trees LA Canopy Cover Assessment

The day after Antonio Villaraigosa was elected mayor of the City of Los Angeles he planted a tree and announced his plan to plant one million tr ...

2011


Last updated on : 09/03/2014